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  On Klobuchar's agenda with (Israeli PM Ariel) Sharon: Security issues and Jesse Ventura
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Last EditedEric  Nov 29, 2005 01:42pm
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MediaNewspaper - Star Tribune, The (Minneapolis - St. Paul)
News DateTuesday, November 29, 2005 07:40:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionHennepin County Attorney Amy Klobuchar met with Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon in Jerusalem on Monday.

Klobuchar, who is on a five-day trip to Israel with officials and members of the Minnesota chapter of the Jewish Community Relations Council, said she and Sharon discussed Israeli security issues and the political storm that Sharon had caused by leaving Likud, a political movement he helped found.

Sharon had just presided over the first meeting of his new centrist party, Kadima, when he met for 15 to 20 minutes with Klobuchar and JCRC executive director Stephen Silberfarb.

Klobuchar, who is running for the U.S. Senate, said she sought the meeting because of Israel's importance as a U.S. ally. She said she thought it was important to meet foreign leaders with whom she might be working if she becomes senator.

She met a Palestinian official and visited the new border crossing in the Gaza Strip earlier Monday.

Klobuchar said she told Sharon about Minnesota's recent experiences with third-party politics, including the 1998 election of Gov. Jesse Ventura.

The conversation was conducted in English, Klobuchar said, except when she described Ventura as a flamboyant former wrestler who used to wear a feather boa.

Sharon did not appear to grasp the concept of a feather boa and after pursuing the matter with his translator, Sharon still didn't seem to get it, Klobuchar said.
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